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Morgan Hill Agriculture Mitigation Policy By Leslie Little
Morgan Hill’s Agriculture Mitigation Policy
Morgan Hill’s Agriculture Mitigation Policy History: Began with policies established in 2001 Comprehensive general Plan Amendment Open space policies to protect agricultural uses and foster long term agricultural industry Desire to ensure mitigation close to Morgan Hill, in the SOI Understanding that incentives may need to be provided to encourage ag production Introduction to the Agriculture Mitigation Policy Morgan Hill’s SOI includes approx 10,000 acres of agricultural and grazing uses: 7,463 grazing, 438 farmland of local import, 174 unique farmland, 227 farmland of State import, 1679 Prime farmland (FMMP Maps).
Goals Identify lands viable for long-term agriculture Develop a program that fosters long-term agricultural production via land use planning, agricultural preservation policies/programs and mitigation Encourage the retention of agricultural activities and minimize conflicts in the transition from agriculture to urban uses
Challenges identified through public input Cost of Land near urban areas Cost of Water Farming/development interface Size and shape of parcels conducive to viable production Aging Farmers and inheritance issues Underlying, existing development rights
Opportunities Many ag properties in large ownership and existing Desire to farm Create mitigation easements Provide incentives for preservation Use land use policy to protect active agriculture and create large, active ag properties Use development agreements to implement incentives
Agricultural Policy Consultants House Agricultural Consultants – Davis, CA EPS (Economic Planning Services) – Berkeley, CA
Get Engaged Review and provide comments regarding the Draft Agricultural Policies. Attend one or many meetings that are being scheduled with key stakeholder groups regarding the policies Become familiar with the City’s Slow Food Policy Become familiar with the City’s Right to Farm Ordinance Develop ways to enrich Farm to Table Economic development initiatives Develop ways to increase Farm Trail visibility Look for grants to assist with healthy eating, lifestyle programs and education projects that could enhance and support an active conservation area Buy local produce
AgricultureMitigationPolicy For more information contact Rebecca Tolentino, Senior Planner – firstname.lastname@example.org